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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 6, 2014

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January 06, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: A Nys retrospective with Colnago and Landbouwkrediet

    Superprestige Diegem winner Sven Nys pays tribute to long-time bike sponsor Colnago as he walks across the finish line
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    December 31, 2013, 21:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian 'cross star moves to Trek for 2014

    On Sunday, December 29 at Superprestige Diegem, Sven Nys brought to a poignant conclusion his lengthy association with the Colnago bicycle brand. The reigning world champion took command of the sixth Superprestige round, the final 'cross race of 2013, on the opening lap and would solo to victory 20 seconds ahead of Tom Meeusen, who remarked that he "saw all the stars in the sky" while trying, ultimately in vain, to hold Nys' wheel. Niels Albert, winner of the past four Superprestige rounds in Diegem, placed third at 45 seconds.

    Nys has ridden Colnago bicycles since his early days as a professional with Rabobank, and that brand relationship continued through to the present when Nys moved to the Belgian Landbouwkrediet squad mid-way through the 2008 season. The Belgian team, run under the Crelan-Euphony moniker in 2013, has had a long-term association with the Colnago brand as well but the team's existence unfortunately came to a conclusion this fall after a 25-year run. While the road team's final race took place at China's Tour of Taihu in early November, Nys and several teammates continued to represent the team through the remainder of 2013 on the cyclo-cross circuit of which Nys is the current world champion in the discipline.

    Nys and company's final race in Crelan kit, and on the team's Colnagos, took place in Diegem, Belgium today with the 37-year-old Belgian bringing the curtain down on his relationship with the Colnago brand in fine fashion. With the race comfortably won, Nys dismounted just prior to the finish line, held his Colnago aloft and kissed it, then proceeded to walk across the line to claim victory. "It's...

  • New Trek Boone carbon 'cross bike for Nys and Compton

    Trek unveiled the new Boone at the GP Sven Nys cyclocross race in Belgium
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    January 02, 2014, 15:45 GMT
    James Huang

    All-new platform features smooth-riding IsoSpeed decoupler design

    This article first appeared on

    Trek have debuted an all-new carbon cyclo-cross bike called Boone for team riders Sven Vanthourenhout, Katie Compton and current world champion, Sven Nys in his home town of Baal, Belgium. While expectedly lighter and more efficient than the company's current aluminum Crockett, the addition of Trek's fantastic IsoSpeed seat tube 'decoupler' should make this bike remarkably smooth and comfortable, too.

    Of all the features Trek has included on the new Boone, it's the IsoSpeed 'decoupler' at the seat cluster that is far and away the most significant. By allowing the seat tube and top tube to pivot relative to each other, the top of the seatpost is thus free to flex down and back far more than would normally be allowed with a more rigid connection.

    It's dramatically effective on the Trek Domane endurance road bike and should pay even bigger dividends on a bumpy cyclo-cross course where the softer ride would allow riders to stay seated longer and continue to put down power while other riders might be forced to stand and coast.

    Trek has also borrowed the Domane's fundamental fork design, which features more forward-swept blades than typical and dropouts that reach rearward to allow for more flex.

    That last feature brings a pleasant surprise: a supposedly "weather sealed" frame that will presumably allow owners to power wash at will without having to worry about frame and cable contamination.

    Meanwhile, dual bottle braze-ons and hidden fender mounts should prove handy for training rides while the molded-in rear housing stop and crown-mounted front housing stop on cantilever-equipped bikes should make for chatter-free braking.

    Geometry is carried over wholly intact from the aluminum Crockett down to the last millimeter, meaning bottom...

  • Van der Haar new leader of UCI cyclo-cross standings

    Dutch champion Lars van der Haar got off to his usual fast start and would ultimately end up in 6th place at Superprestige Diegem
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    January 02, 2014, 21:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Compton continues to top women's rankings

    Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) has become the new leader of the elite men's UCI cyclo-cross standings while Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) and European champion Yannick Peeters remain in control of the elite women's and junior men's rankings respectively.

    Niels Albert's (BKCP-Powerplus) stint as leader of the elite men's UCI cyclo-cross standings was short-lived as Dutch champion and World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) jumped from third to first overall after winning the fifth round of the World Cup. Van der Haar has 1,831 points in the latest standings tabulated by the UCI, 129 more than Albert who dropped to second after a disappointing 13th place result at the fifth round of the World Cup in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

    World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) dropped from second to third at 1,648 points while Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) remains in fourth just four points back. The top-five is rounded out by Vantornout's teammate Kevin Pauwels who retained his position wit 1,438 points.

    Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) remains the highest-ranked North American rider in 21st overall at 612 points.

    The elite men's nations standings remain unchanged with Belgium continuing its long-running lead with 4,994 points. The Netherlands holds steady in second at 3,512 points followed by Germany in third at 2,416 points.

    As has been the case all season, Katie Compton leads the elite women's UCI cyclo-cross standings and following her fourth straight World Cup victory of the season at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium the World Cup leader tops the rankings with 2,180 points. World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) remains in second overall, 400...

  • SRAM recall: company provides replacement offer to athletes at US cyclocross nationals

    SRAM recalled all its road hydraulic brakes - both rim and disc - in December
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    January 03, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Replacement service now set up

    This article originally appeared on Bikeradar

    In SRAM’s ongoing hydraulic road brake recall process, the component maker will offer riders at the US Cyclo-cross Nationals a free exchange and installation of stop gap Avid mechanical brakes.

    In a statement, SRAM’s Global Marketing Director David Zimberoff said the recall had “especially impacted the US cyclo-cross community in advance of Nationals".

    SRAM also said that extra mechanical staff will be at the event in Boulder, Colorado, to carry out the work. Competing athletes will be prioritised but amateurs with problem brakes will also have theirs serviced.

    The replacement service will run between 8am on Tuesday, 7 January to Saturday, 11 January.

    SRAM said it remains focused on the “replacement plan for all consumers globally”.

    In December, the Chicago company issued a recall for 38,000 SRAM Red hydraulic road disc and hydraulic rim brakes after cold weather was found to accelerate the degeneration of a seal, leading to potential safety hazard. It was the second recall of its hydraulics brakes. The first, in November pertained to a narrow serial number batch.

  • Fontana seeks podium finish at Rome World Cup round

    Italian 'cross champion Marco Aurelio Fontana on the podium at the 2013 round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Rome, Italy
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    January 03, 2014, 21:37 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian 'cross champion placed third in 2013 edition

    Italian cyclo-cross champion Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) is hoping to once again finish on the podium at the Rome, Italy round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup this coming Sunday, nearly one year to the day since he placed third in the 2013 edition. Fontana proved to be the revelation of the day last year as he secured the final podium position in the elite men's event, 22 seconds behind winner Kevin Pauwels and just six seconds off the pace of runner-up Niels Albert.

    As was the case during the 2012-2013 'cross season, Fontana has once again raced a light schedule in Italy this season and has forgone all of the World Cups and major international competition prior to Rome, the sixth of seven rounds of the 'cross World Cup.

    While Fontana's winter has primarily been devoted to preparation for his 2014 mountain bike campaign, the 29-year-old Italian hopes for another successful outing on Sunday. In recent weeks Fontana has won four straight 'cross races contested in Italy.

    "Sunday I have to test myself in the sole World Cup in my home country and the only one I chose to race this year," said Fontana. "It will be one of the very few occasions that I will have to compete with the best international cyclo-cross riders."

    While Fontana proved adept at handling a lightning-fast circuit in Rome at the 2013 edition, he's hoping that a revised course will play to his strengths which provide success on the mountain bike, highlighted by a bronze medal in the cross country event at the 2012 Olympic Games.

    "The race track has been renovated, now it's more technical and spectacular than in the past editions," said Fontana. "As always I'm going to do my best to honor the event organizers, headed by Italian National...

  • Gallery: Racers preview the Rome 'Cross World Cup course

    Katie Compton
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    January 04, 2014, 21:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Riders tests legs and practice barriers on eve of next round

    On the eve of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Rome, Italy, riders tested out their legs and equipment.  Regular 'cross stars such as Katie Compton, Kevin Pauwels, Rob Peeters, Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman took a few laps on the course while mountain bikers Eva Lechner and Marco Fontana were also spotted out practicing.

    Check out the gallery from today's training session and stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage from the World Cup on Sunday.  The junior men, under 23 men, elite women and elite men will take turns racing the penultimate round.

  • Compton seals second successive Cyclo-cross World Cup

    Katie Compton tests her legs
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    January 05, 2014, 16:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    American takes aim at world championships

    After sealing her second successive Cyclo-cross World Cup title in Rome on Sunday, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclo-cross Collective) will now turn her attentions to next month’s world championships in Hoogerheide.

    Compton was impressive in fending off the challenge of Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) in Rome, but she is keenly aware that the defending champion will be the woman to beat in front of the enthusiastic Dutch fans on February 1.

    A hugely consistent performer in recent seasons, the 35-year-old Compton has suffered her share of heartache at the Worlds, claiming three silver medals (2007, 2011 and 2013) and bronze (2009), but no rainbow jersey.

    “I’d love to win at the Worlds, that’s always high on the priority list,” Compton said in Rome on Sunday. “I haven’t had that perfect day yet but hopefully I will. I don’t know. I’m going to prepare as best I can for it, come in feeling strong and hope for the best.”

    For her part, Vos has won the past five cyclo-cross world championships (she has six in total), and the world champion is building her form after her road commitments truncated her cyclo-cross campaign.

    On Sunday, however, Vos was unable to match Compton in spite of a surprise attack on the final lap. Compton dealt well with the Dutchwoman’s acceleration and then pulled away over the closing stages to win by 24 seconds. It was Compton’s fifth straight win in this year’s World Cup, and her third successive win over Vos.

    “She [Vos] was riding really well on the switchbacks and accelerating well. I knew I was strong in the mud and I tried to push on there, but it was so hard in the power section with the...

  • UCI and IOC to discuss cyclo-cross entering Winter Olympics

    Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) wins his first race atop a Trek
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    January 06, 2014, 12:33 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Rule change could allow riders to target Olympic medals

    Representatives from the UCI and the IOC are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the possible inclusion of cyclo-cross racing at the Winter Olympics.

    According to reports in Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the UCI's off-road co-ordinator Peter Van Den Abeele will meet with the IOC sports director, Christophe Dubi.

    The inclusion of cyclo-cross in the Winter Olympics would be a huge boost for international profile of the sport. However it would also need a major shift in the spirit of the Winter Games.

    Current IOC rules only allow sports that are practiced on snow or ice in the Winter Olympic programme. However the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) is also pushing to include cross country running in future editions of the Winter Olympics and cyclo-cross could take advantage of their influence at the IOC.

    "If they decide to replace the rule "the sports must be practiced on snow and ice with "should be practiced only during the winter month", then there may be a chance," Van Den Abeele told Het Nieuwsblad.

    If the IOC included cyclo-cross it would boost the international interest in the sport currently dominated by Belgium. It would likely mean that national federations would invest more money in the discipline.

    "Olympic Committees of all countries will suddenly be investing in cyclo-cross," Van Den Abeele said.

    It not the first time the IOC has considered adding cyclo-cross to the Winter Games. In 2009, various national federations were reported to be in talks with the IOC about its inclusion.

    New UCI President Brian Cookson has backed the idea. In December he suggested that the Winter Olympics was missing out by not including cyclo-cross.

    “I’m a fan of cyclo-cross, beer, fries and mayonnaise. Cyclo-cross as a discipline at the Winter Games is...